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Re: The photo thread
« Reply #9275 on: Tuesday 14 February 2017, 07:13:14 PM »
Any recommendations on some good books for newbies? There's loads out there but any tried and tested ones would be good.

It depends what you want to learn or do.

A great starting place is The Digital Photography Book by Scott Kelby. He has the skill for simplifying absolutely everything down to make it easy to understand for everyone. He covers a lot of material but perhaps the most valuable thing he does is that he shows an image then explains the settings & processes used to create that shot. It's a great way to understand how to set up the camera for different situations or types of photography. I think the book had several sequels too all of which are worth getting if you are just starting out.

Re: The photo thread
« Reply #9276 on: Thursday 16 February 2017, 02:32:10 PM »
Well I went and ordered a bunch of filter related items for the Lee system including the big and little stoppers, polariser and just the one 2 stop nd grad for the time being.

It was quite expensive but what the hell, if you're going to get into photography you may as well commit to it  :lol:

Re: The photo thread
« Reply #9277 on: Thursday 16 February 2017, 02:55:14 PM »
I have the Lee system with the big stopper myself. Landscape really isn't my thing and I've not used it in about 18 months but it's a good bit of kit that opens a lot of doors creatively. The fact I live by the coast really should see me take more advantage of it.

ian

Re: The photo thread
« Reply #9278 on: Thursday 16 February 2017, 04:59:14 PM »
I'm going to Manchester next week. Any tips for night shooting locations on the river...best places to position myself. Media city area looks OK

Re: The photo thread
« Reply #9279 on: Thursday 16 February 2017, 09:31:14 PM »
Cheers for the recommendations!

I fancy architecture esq stuff but just anything to nail down the basics first.

Jimburst

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Re: The photo thread
« Reply #9280 on: Monday 20 February 2017, 06:14:43 AM »
Just been thinking of putting some of my best photo's up from my trip so far. In the end I went for a Fujix100, and have been absolutely chuffed with it. An absolutely delightful camera, and a snip at £300.

OpenC was correct, I would have loved a wider angle lens for many of the shots (sometimes my iphone took better photos!) but you have to learn how to position yourself, and sometimes you just have to accept you can't capture the beauty you see before you. Accepting the limitations of my equipment was useful, though, as it helps you know what you can and can't do. I was ultimately really glad that the camera looked 'classic' and old, as it wasn't conspicuous when taking photos in Tanzania and when carrying it around in less developed areas. Hopefully my photography has gotten better over the last 6 months, from never having owned a camera (even a point and shoot), to now.

The first few are from Tanzania (September - November):


Beach and Dhow, Zanzibar.


Food Market, Zanzibar.


Young Boy, Zanzibar.


"Will you take our photo please?" Lushoto, Tanzania.


Bananas! Moshi, Tz.


The Big Lad (kilimanjaro) Moshi, Tz.


Best Pizza in Tanzania. Tanga, Tz.


Night Skies. Zanzibar.


Lions. Ngorogoro Crater, Tz.


Chameleon (Ft. Me) Lushoto, Tz.


Doom. Ngorogoro Crater, Tz.

Anyway, go easy on me, this was the first month or so of owning the camera. I'll probably have to resize these. I need to learn one day I suppose.

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Re: The photo thread
« Reply #9281 on: Monday 20 February 2017, 06:38:33 AM »
Went to Japan after Tanzania. The ultimate culture shock, and a completely different photographic environment:


Matcha Green Tea and Red Bean Sweets. (later, I wished I had repositioned it to get just red tablecloth as the background. Gutted!)


Light.


Carp.


Saké.


SEEEEGAAAAAA, Tokyo.


Waitress, Tokyo.


Garden, Kanazawa.


Light Festival, Kyoto.


Lassies, Kyoto.


Reflections, Kyoto.


Arcades, Tokyo.


Koyo, Kanazawa.


Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto.
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Re: The photo thread
« Reply #9282 on: Monday 20 February 2017, 06:57:13 AM »
I'd definitely improved immeasurably from Tanzania by now, although I feel like the landscapes on offer in New Zealand would have benefitted from an extensive equipment list, rather than 1 fixed focal length camera :lol: Still, it made it more challenging.

A few from New Zealand so far:


Whaririki Beach.


Stony Bay Beak, Akaroa.


Wildlife Photography...


Hooker Valley Trail, Mount Cook National Park.


Mount Cook National Park.


Tasman Glacier (Badman Glacier)


Fires along the coast on NYE, Ruby Bay.


Moss, Fiordland National Park.


Milford Sound, Fiordland. (couldn't capture anything of the ambience of the place, unfortunately)


Meadows, Fiordland.


Me!
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Re: The photo thread
« Reply #9283 on: Monday 20 February 2017, 07:00:54 AM »
Some great stuff there :thup: always good to see people getting great results out of a 'little' camera, and speaking from experience, you definitely got the benefit of travelling light :) like I said, I personally would have gone with something like the Canon G series or Sony RX100 just to give you some options with your focal length but I think you've done a great job. When I used an SLR I used to sometimes force myself to go out with just one lens to see what I got :)

And aye, as you've discovered the biggest part of the skill of photography is picking a scene which is representative of where you are and which is also a great image. You can very rarely just cram everything in there; no matter what gear you have, it doesn't generally make for a very pleasing picture.
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Re: The photo thread
« Reply #9284 on: Monday 20 February 2017, 07:05:55 AM »
Always mad to see a great shot like that Milford Sound one and read that it doesn't capture the ambience, but having filled this thread with images from the Scottish mountains I know exactly what you mean :thup:

Jimburst

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Re: The photo thread
« Reply #9285 on: Monday 20 February 2017, 07:49:23 AM »
Thanks man!  I have to say I had a lot of different angles I was coming from when buying the camera, and in the end I went heart over head in the pick. I fell in love with the camera after seeing it, and then reviews backed it up to being a great camera. As I took more photos, I knew you had been right about the alternatives but you just have to get the camera that makes you most excited, don't you?

Yeah, I think I am slowly learning compositional techniques, but I've done very little reading on it, so it's mostly just Rule of Thirds and some other things I find attractive. Need to read more when I get back to the UK.

Always mad to see a great shot like that Milford Sound one and read that it doesn't capture the ambience, but having filled this thread with images from the Scottish mountains I know exactly what you mean :thup:

I mainly think of your images of Scotland when trying to shoot landscapes, I always think they're very moody, like Scotland, really, so I imagine you're getting the ambience right. New Zealand is incredibly Scotland-like, but obviously on a much grander scale, due the the geological processes going on here. The shot is decent, and I have loads more like it, but Milford Sound is like nothing else, incredibly dramatic. Makes you feel so small. My girlfriend took this:



Which also happened in Milford.
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Re: The photo thread
« Reply #9286 on: Monday 20 February 2017, 08:23:50 AM »
Class stuff that James. :)
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Re: The photo thread
« Reply #9287 on: Monday 20 February 2017, 09:52:28 AM »
Great photos Jim  O0

I'd love to hear a bit more background on this one though  [emoji38]


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Re: The photo thread
« Reply #9288 on: Monday 20 February 2017, 10:00:21 AM »
Yup some fantastic shots. Done you a massive disservice by looking at them on my phone though, so look forward to poring through them properly later. In the interim, my main two takeaway points are:

1) You clearly have a good eye for photography and composition, especially
2) You're a b****** for travelling to so many nice places

:)

Haz

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Re: The photo thread
« Reply #9289 on: Monday 20 February 2017, 10:35:18 AM »
Absolutely delighted you chose X100. Those skin tones are marvellous. Which model x100 did you go for? I noted that as you gained experience with it you went from 'restrictive' to 'challenging'. Fuji simply make great lenses. These photos would not look out of place in National Geographic!
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Re: The photo thread
« Reply #9290 on: Monday 20 February 2017, 10:40:41 AM »
Great photos Jim  O0

I'd love to hear a bit more background on this one though  [emoji38]



:lol: That was our waitress at a restaurant called Alcatraz ER, basically a theme restaurant based upon the prison hospital at Alcatraz :lol: don't ask me why. Most of the cocktails were fairly phallic or had tampons stuffed in them, and some of the meals were designed to look like vaginas. You get locked in a cell and have to bang on the bars to get service, which is great, especially when they tell you to f*** off. Basically paying to be treat like a prisoner.
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Re: The photo thread
« Reply #9291 on: Monday 20 February 2017, 10:48:33 AM »
Absolutely delighted you chose X100. Those skin tones are marvellous. Which model x100 did you go for? I noted that as you gained experience with it you went from 'restrictive' to 'challenging'. Fuji simply make great lenses. These photos would not look out of place in National Geographic!

I'm so happy you suggested it, I absolutely love it, it is my pride and joy. These photos (and the hundreds of others I haven't uploaded) mean a lot to me, it's been a joy to learn with! Don't know what I'll get next though, probably a photoshop sub...

Thanks Beren! The praise is great, I'm happy everyone enjoys them! Still learning, would love a tripod and a remote shutter doodad so I could experiment with long exposures, and I lost my polarising lens within weeks of going on holiday, so I'd like another of those. s*** could get expensive.
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Re: The photo thread
« Reply #9292 on: Monday 20 February 2017, 10:50:09 AM »
Oh, also, Haz, it's the plain x100, the subsequent models would have been great but we had a really limited budget so had to go for the oldest model.
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Haz

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Re: The photo thread
« Reply #9293 on: Monday 20 February 2017, 10:57:52 AM »
There's nothing plain about the X100.  It simply takes (as well as you) great photographs. Cant wait to see some more.
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Re: The photo thread
« Reply #9294 on: Thursday 23 February 2017, 06:11:02 PM »
Anyone own the D500? Seriously tempted by that right now.


You know that gear 'fever' photographers get? Yeah well I just took delivery of the above yesterday  [emoji38]

Haz

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Re: The photo thread
« Reply #9295 on: Thursday 23 February 2017, 09:34:00 PM »
Its called having GAS.

(Gear Acquisition Syndrome)
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Re: The photo thread
« Reply #9296 on: Thursday 23 February 2017, 09:40:38 PM »
I still rejoice that I'm now free of it [emoji38] it cost me a fortune and I'm not sure it made me one bit better :)

I don't know the first thing about that camera pbx, but congratulations I guess :)

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Re: The photo thread
« Reply #9297 on: Friday 24 February 2017, 12:46:45 AM »
Great to see your pics, Jim! Hope you're having an amazing journey.

Re: The photo thread
« Reply #9298 on: Friday 24 February 2017, 04:39:24 AM »
I still rejoice that I'm now free of it [emoji38] it cost me a fortune and I'm not sure it made me one bit better :)

I don't know the first thing about that camera pbx, but congratulations I guess :)

Basically it cost a lot of money and is right up there as best apsc camera ever according to respected reviewers. It's like the little (but certainly not little!) brother of the £5k+ d5 with the same brilliant focussing system.

Regarded as a sports camera due to the 10 frames a second but it ticks all the boxes I was after. Not least weather sealing and it fits all my current lenses!

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Re: The photo thread
« Reply #9299 on: Saturday 25 February 2017, 11:16:12 AM »
Some recent ones










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